This is probably the easiest Fruit Cobbler Recipe I have ever made. I was introduced to it when my friend Krista came over one night with her family and we were trying to figure out a gluten-free option for dessert that everyone would enjoy. Everyone did! We just used a gluten-free vanilla cake mix which tasted exactly the same (except for the price!).
The best part is that you can use any of your favorite fruit. I use whatever is in season, because not only is it a better price, but it usually tastes much sweeter and juicier than out-of-season options. Some ideas for fruit might be:
- blackberry (which I made above)
- cherry (fresh would be amazing!)
If you use the method of stocking ahead to purchase cake mixes when they are on sale with a coupon, you can most likely grab them for $.50 or less at your local store. I find them on sale most often in the fall right before Thanksgiving when the baking products go on sale. Same goes for ice cream, which is a must for cobbler! I purchase it in the summertime with coupons or when they go on sale Buy One Get One Free for less than $2 per half gallon.
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The beauty of this Fruit Cobbler recipe is that it literally takes about 2 minutes to throw together, but it tastes like you took a lot more time on it. You can use fresh fruit, canned or frozen. I think the key is LOTS of butter. Yes, I know, I sound like Paula Dean, but it really makes this. If you wonder if you have enough butter, add just a little more! The recipe below is a general rule of thumb to go by when making yours, but I typically just fill the bottom of a pie plate with fresh fruit, sprinkle enough cake mix to generously cover the fruit, then put little butter pats all over it. Lastly, I melt about a quarter cup of butter to pour over, and top with a generous sprinkling of brown sugar or sucanat (natural brown sugar.)
Use whatever shape pan you have on hand. As you can see here, I used an odd shaped one that is probably around a 6×9, but a circle pie plate or 8×8 pan will do perfectly. If you are making for a large group, I would double this recipe and put it into a 9×13 baking dish. However you choose, just know, it is very difficult to mess this one up!
- 4-6 cups fresh fruit (blackberries, peaches, cherries or apples)
- 1 cup vanilla cake mix
- 1/4 stick butter, cubes
- 1/4 stick butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place fruit in bottom of 8x8 dish and cover with cake mix.
- Top with butter cubes, then pour remaining butter evenly over top.
- Sprinkle evenly with brown sugar.
- Cook for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown as above.
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